Keeping your house and surrounding clean is necessary. All of us are aware of it. Most of us don’t invest enough time in cleaning our abodes. Think of how long and how often you run a cleanliness check at your house? Do you think it is enough to combat all the dust, germs and bugs that may prevail in your surrounding?
If we were to use what the masses do as a benchmark, then the answer to this question is no. People don’t clean their houses enough. In fact, according to a survey conducted, an average person spends only 1.5 years in his/her entire life, cleaning their house! Over 60 percent of people prefer hiding the clutter and the dust from guests, rather than actually clean it.
These statistics are quite alarming. They showcase that most people are not aware of just how important it is to run a cleanliness check at their homes. Do you also think running a cleanliness check is only essential to save face in front of guests?
Well, here is a rundown of all the reasons why it is essential for you to ensure the cleanliness of your house.
It helps in killing germs and bugs
You might not want other organisms to cohabit your abode. But, the chances are that they are. Bugs and insects thrive in carpets, uncleaned surfaces and walls.
Unless you make use of bug killer sprays and disinfectants, you won’t be able to prevent insects and bugs from growing in number. And you must avoid such growth for the sake of your and your family’s health. After all, some insect bites can be dangerous.
Also, germs can also cause a variety of ailments. If you run a cleanliness check at your house regularly, you will be easily able to eliminate up to 98 percent of germs present in your home. By extension, you will be saving yourself the hassle of costly doctor’s trips.
It helps boost the quality of air
People tend to think that their homes are their sanctuary. After all, the air in your house is bound to better than the outdoor air, which is full of car fumes, right? Sadly, this is not the case.Why?
This is because household air pollution is an actual phenomenon! According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air is much more polluted than outdoor air. Here, pollution arises from stoves that release gas and particles when used, air fresheners, tobacco, dust mites, mould, etc. Not to mention that no house is fully protected from the outside world. Hence, pollutants from the outside can easily seep in.
All these pollutants can then cause various health-related issues. For instance, it can trigger allergies and worsen asthma. Children and older adults are likely to be most affected by indoor air pollution. By keeping your house clean and running a cleanliness check now and then, you can ensure the quality of your indoor air, thereby keeping all ailments at bay.
A clean house guarantees better sleep
Your surrounding plays a vital role in the quality of your sleep. Imagine. After a long day at work, you crash on your bed, drowsiness taking over your body. Just when you manage to drift off to deep sleep, you suddenly feel something crawling up your legs. You wake up with a jolt, only to discover a bug about to strike.
Unless you run a regular cleanliness check and take steps to disinfect your house, such occurrences will become quite common in your life. They will hamper the quality of your sleep. When you further add the sneezing caused by the prevailing dust in the air, you can easily bid a quality slumber goodbye. This is why it is imperative to clean your house so that you can rest peacefully. And this has been highlighted by research as well.
It has been found that improved air quality in the bedroom helped respondents get better sleep, which in turn boosted their logical reasoning!
A clean house equals better mental well being
You might think that a dirty and unclean house only affects your physical health. And while the effect on a person’s physical health is undoubtedly a fundamental reason to clean, it is not the only reason. Another health that is negatively impacted by a dirty house is mental health. While previously, there wasn’t much importance placed on it, slowly, people realize the necessity of being happy and emotionally stable.
People might wonder. What does cleanliness have to do with a person’s mental wellbeing? There have been researches that suggest that “clutter” and unorganized houses are a source of depression, fatigue and stress. A study conducted in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin substantiated the finding in women. Those who lived in cluttered houses had a high level of cortisol in their system along with symptoms of fatigue and depression compared to those who had organized houses.
With logic, it is easy to understand why this happens. When after a long tiring day at work, you come home to a cluttered and unclean house, this will make you feel gloomy. Since it also affects one’s sleep, this can further aggravate the issue, hence taking a toll on mental well being.
Your children need a clean house
If you are not convinced about the merits of living in a clean home for your sake, you might want to do it for your little ones. This is especially true if you have infants and toddlers in your home. While living among filth is not advised for anyone, but it can have a severe toll on the health of children specifically.
The immune system of young children are weak and not yet fully developed. Also, this is the age when humans love exploring. Children tend to crawl into unwanted places. They end up picking things from the floor and putting them in their mouth. If you don’t run a cleanliness check in your house, and your child ingests dust or bacteria covered items from parts of your home, it is bound to make your child fall sick.
Keep your house clean to ensure the health of your family. If your family has little members, it is even more critical for you to keep your home clean.
Your image in your social circle depends on it
You might have heard of the cliché statement, “Humans are social animals”. Well, it is true. Humans can’t live in isolation and require communities to thrive. Your social life is an integral part of who you are. As much as we like to tell each other that we aren’t judgemental, the fact is that we do judge one another based on how they live.
For instance, if you call someone at your house for a party, you are always conscious of what they think about your home. And an unclean house sends all the wrong message about you as a person.
The more attention you give to cleaning your house, the better the impression you will be able to make on your loved ones. This will help you in socializing and hence maintaining healthy social relationships.
It helps boost your creativity
This is something that only a few of you will relate to. All those of you whose jobs and profession require you to be creative; you will know that it is often not easy to come up with innovative ideas all the time. Your surrounding plays a role in getting your creative juices flowing.
A dirty, cluttered place will make it hard for you to achieve mental peace require to unleash your creativity. Instead, if you clean your messy abode frequently and run cleanliness checks often, you will find it easier to concentrate in your home. And let’s face it- we all could use a little creativity at times, whether it be in our professional or personal lives.
Aids in combating allergies
Combating allergies and cleanliness go hand in hand. Therefore, it deserves a separate mention. Nothing triggers allergies, whether it be pollen or dust allergy, like an unclean house. Between dirty floors and animal hair, your sinuses are never happy in a messy house.
Make sure to clean your house and remove any dust or animal hair that may be present. This will reduce indoor air pollution and make the air breathable for people with allergies. This, in turn, helps improve the quality of life.
A road to an organized life
Have you ever struggled to find important papers, just when you needed them? Or maybe, you entered a room, and you can see the dust settled on top of your poorly-piled up ornaments. How does that make you feel?
If you are an organized person, the chances are such a sight is a nightmare for you. By running a cleanliness check often, you can guarantee that you don’t have to deal with such unorganized and messy scenarios. Instead, everything will be in place, and hence, you will be able to find what you need in no time.
Cleanliness is the first step of transforming a house into a warm and inviting home. The best of places can turn into inhabitable dumps if you don’t clean them enough. Run a cleanliness check in your house regularly. Take the necessary measures to eliminate bugs. Conduct deep cleaning on the weekends while dust it all in the weekdays.
Your home has the potential to become your sanctuary. But, you need to maintain it for it to function as one.
Author Bio: Michelle Joe is a blogger by choice. She loves to discover the world around her. She likes to share her discoveries, experiences, and express herself through her blogs. You can find her on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook